Performer: Paul Robeson; Columbia Concert Orchestra Writer: Hammerstein II; Kern
From "Show Boat".
Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.5 mil truncated eliptical, 2.3 mil truncated conical, 2.8 mil truncated conical, 3.3 mil truncated conical. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: 375.0, Rolloff: -12.0.
The preferred versions suggested by an audio engineer at George Blood, L.P. have been copied to have the more friendly filenames.
Matrix number: CO 39302 Catalog number: 17517-D
Other IDs from the record include: (CO 39302); MM 732; Side 1
June 23, 2017 Subject:
"Ol' Man River"
This iconic song from the late 1927 was written by a songwriting team, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical, "Show Boat"; the musical was based on a book of the same title by Edna Ferber. Even though the original musical, premiering at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City wasn't necessarily successful, the musical's biggest success is owed to the 1951 film adaptation of the musical starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Howard Keel produced by MGM. "Ol' Man River" was a symbol of the life of the South, where the female protagonist, Magnolia, is from and in both the original and film adaptations, it was sang by Joe, who is an African American sailor on the family showboat, Cotton Blossom. While the film version of the song is memorable (Reprise version- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beJAc2WjcHM), Paul Robeson's recording has considered as the more iconic version. Robeson sang the role of Joe in the London West End production in 1928, and there is a clip of him performing the song in the 1936 film adaptation of the musical (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s). Artists who have covered this song include Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. Date source: http://www.78rpmcommunity.com/colmasterworks/the-discography/columbia-m-sets-726-750.html